Camden, if you aren’t aware, is pretty much the poorest, most dangerous place in the whole country, and has been for about a decade. It’s not exactly the type of place a kid from Maine who went to private school spends a lot of time. So what am I doing there? Well, that’s where our long-time t-shirt company is located. I’ll let head honcho Adam Woods explain why:
The city of Camden, New Jersey is not without its problems. Consistently ranked among America’s poorest and most dangerous cities, a quick googling of Camden, New Jersey, says it all. We’re excited about Camden’s potential for rebirth and we want to be a part of it. So far we’re trying by paying between double and triple the prevailing local wage, offering discounted health insurance to our staff, emphasizing sales on American-made and fairly-made goods, and staying on the cusp of our industry’s efforts to “go green.”
So, they’re good people.
Adam Woods, in particular, has been one of my most ardent supporters. I used to write for a magazine he ran back in the day and Adam designed the t-shirt worn by Kieran Roberts in UP COUNTRY.
So when I was designing the Kickstarter campaign, Adam was one of the first people I contacted. He agreed to make our shirts for super cheap, so being in the area, I stopped in to see how that was going. Plus, we needed to start brainstorming what the A Year Without Rent shirt itself should look like. Sure, we could just put the logo on a shirt and call it good, but what fun would that be?
Filmmaker Lucas McNelly is spending a year on the road, volunteering on indie film projects around the country, documenting the process and the exploring the idea of a mobile creative professional. You can see more from A Year Without Rent at the webpage. Follow him on Twitter: @lmcnelly.